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Dalbergia sissoo

Accepted name

Dalbergia sissoo DC.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


Amerimnon sissoo (Roxb.) Kuntze3


Tribe: Dalbergieae;  Genus: Dalbergia

Vernacular names

Indian Rosewood9; Indian Rosewood10; Shisham (Hi)11; Siso9; Sissai (Hi)11; Sissoo10; Sissoo3; Sissoo Tree12; Sissu (Hi)11; Sisu10


Perennial non-climbing tree;  not threatened


Forage13; Chemical products11; Environmental14; Environmental3; Forage3; Forage11; Medicine3; Medicine15; Wood14; Wood3; Wood11; Wood1

Geographical records

Africa:   Chad(I)16, Ghana(I)17, Guinea Bissau(I)18, Kenya(I)1, Mozambique(I)17, Niger(I)13, Nigeria(I)19, Senegal(I)20, Sierra Leone(I)17, Sudan(I)17, Tanzania(I)1, Uganda(I)1, Zambia(I)21, Zimbabwe(I)17

Asia2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 14, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49:   Afghanistan(N)3, 22, Bangladesh(N)2, 3, 43, Bhutan(N)4, Burma(N)3, China(I)7, Hainan(I)7, India(N)3, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, India-ISO(N)1, 2, 9, Indonesia-ISO(I)23, 48, 49, Iran(N)22, Iraq(N)22, Java(N)48, Malaysia-ISO(I)3, Myanmar(N)2, 3, Nepal(N)3, 38, Pakistan(N)14, Sumatra(N)49, Taiwan(I)24

Australasia50:   Australia(I)50

Australia:   Northern Territory50, Queensland50

Caribbean5, 9:   Caribbean-TRP(U)9, Dominican Republic(I)5, Puerto Rico(I)9

China:   Fujian7, Guangdong7

India:   Andhra Pradesh44, Arunachal Pradesh29, Assam46, Bihar39, Delhi40, Goa32, Gujarat25, Haryana3, Himachal Pradesh35, Jammu-Kashmir3, 45, 47, Karnataka3, Kerala3, Madhaya Pradesh28, Maharashtra33, Manipur37, Meghalaya30, Mizoram37, Nagaland37, Orissa41, Pondicherry3, Punjab42, Rajasthan27, Sikkim3, Tamil Nadu26, Tripura31, Uttar Pradesh36, West Bengal34, Yanan37

Middle East22:   Oman(N)22

North America51, 52:   United States(I)51, 52

United States:   Florida52, Texas52

(N = native, I = introduced, U = uncertain status)

Habitats (for Africa only)


Literature citations

Description1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 14, 48, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57;  Distribution3, 57;  Illustration4, 12, 14, 54, 56, 57


2004-11 (S Asia) Kumar S & Sane P;     Coordinator: 2005-07 (Americas update) Sokolova IV


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